TQ 589-466 Kent England
Tonbridge Castle is an 11th century earthwork motte and bailey fortress, founded by Richard fitz Gilbert. In the 12th century, the de Clare family founded the stone castle and added a northern outer bailey, encased by a wooden palisade. The motte, which supports the foundations of a shell keep, is defended on its outer edge by a wet ditch. Standing on the north bank of the River Medway, are the remains of the inner bailey curtain wall but sadly the towers which flanked the angles are missing. Adjacent to the motte, stands Gilbert de Clare, magnificent 13th century five storey Edwardian keep-gatehouse. 5 miles north is Ightham Mote and 8 miles west is Hever Castle.
Tonbridge Castle is located in the town centre, off High Street. 14 miles south-west of Maidstone, on the A26.
The site is owned by Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council and is freely accessible in daylight hours. There are daily tours of the Gatehouse, Monday to Saturday 9:00-5:00pm Sunday 10:30-4:30pm.
There are car parks nearby.